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bhagyac

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Need help
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Hi,

Is there anyway for me to work with mainframes, to write JCL, test my programs and to do hands-on work.

I cannot write or test JCLs in my company. I dont have access.

If i dont keep practicing, i am afraid that i would forget the concepts. Please suggest if there is any s/w or tool.

I know it is something silly, icon_sad.gif but please let me know if there is any way. icon_sad.gif
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Akatsukami

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:44 pm    Post subject:
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  1. The Hercules emulator -- a virtual 390 series machine on your PC.
  2. Buying a time-sharing connection. IBM sells such services to developers; probably other companies do, too. Costs are about USD 300-350/month, SFAIK.
  3. Hi, Opal!

Search these fora -- particularly the "Other Mainframe Topics" forum -- for more information. And, of course, search the fine Web; Bing is your friend.
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Phrzby Phil

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject:
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So your company has mainframe, but you just don't have access?

And they won't grant access to a test region for a bright emplpyee with initiative who wants to develop skills?

Wow. Must be someone who can see this is wrong and can tell the gatekeepers to open up.
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enrico-sorichetti

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Need help
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the issue belong to the same saga of ...

not making the documentation on installed products available
not having documented standards for the most common procedures
not having adequate in house support
not ... not

and even worse when the same is applied to external contractors
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject:
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Akatsukami wrote:
[list=1][*]The Hercules emulator -- a virtual 390 series machine on your PC.
I'll vote in for this option and it takes some time to get the Hecules working, at times. (depends on your mileage..icon_smile.gif).
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enrico-sorichetti

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Need help
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for the turnkey it should take at most one weekend icon_biggrin.gif
and ready to exercice jcl,cobol,pli, some vsam, general use utilities
not the latest releases but enough to gain a quit a bit of experience

here are some links to get started with

for hercules itself
http://www.hercules-390.org

Volker Bandke Tur(n)key ( the father of the whole shebang )
http://www.bsp-gmbh.com/hercules/
http://www.bsp-gmbh.com/turnkey
http://www.bsp-gmbh.com/turnkey/cookbook/index.html

Jay Moseley (more actively mantained )
http://www.jaymoseley.com/hercules/
http://www.jaymoseley.com/programming/
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